Author: Mary Kate Murphy
You polish off a delicious meal feeling completely satisfied. You clean up, put the dishes away, and then that voice inside you says, “You know you want that piece of chocolate now…”
Oh yes, we understand that our sweet tooth cravings tend to finagle themselves into our minds a lot of times after a meal, or perhaps, we have simply formed the habit of indulging in sweets after we eat because that’s how we grew up. Whatever the reason, we have compiled some tips and tricks to help you combat these sweet tendencies, that will have you saying, “Beat it!” to that voice in your head before you know it.
- Brush those pearly whites! One way to ensure that you won’t be putting something extra in your mouth after a meal is to head straight to the bathroom and brush your teeth right away. This way, you’re telling your brain that you’re finished and you will be less likely to want to go back into the kitchen for something more.
- Take in some fresh air! Head outdoors after your next meal for a brisk walk instead of lingering around the house and letting the mind wander back into the kitchen. Enjoy those extra steps and check in with your body again after some time away.
- Make a healthy swap or enjoy moderately! Trick your mind and give it what it wants, but just the healthier version of it. Instead of reaching for the ice cream next time, try some of these healthy sweet alternatives. Or, another way to implement healthy versions of sweet treats, is to enjoy the real deal in moderation. One way to do this is portioning out your favorite treats ahead of time. This will satisfy your cravings for that particular sweet and help you stick to your goals. It’s a win win!
- Bring on the H2O! Water tends to give us a “full” feeling after we drink it and that feeling may be a healthy turn “off” to those sweet cravings. So next time you feel one coming on, drink a glass of water and then readdress how you feel.
- Plan for success! Prepping our meals and snacks in advance will prepare our minds for what to expect. When we don’t have organization around what we’re eating throughout the day, then it’s that much easier for our minds to wander and grab maybe the most “convenient” option which isn’t always the healthiest. Oh, the donut was just sitting there in the break room right after lunch and I felt that sweet itch coming on, so I went for it! When we plan for success with organized meals and snacks, then it makes those sugar cravings less likely to creep in.
- Buhbye stress! Many times we associate our sweet cravings with stressful events in our lives. However, if we find other activities outside of food that help relax us and unwind, then it’s less likely that we’ll reach for that sweet treat after our next meal. Check out Noom’s coaches’ strategies on ways to destress, and choose one or two that you can picture yourself doing post meals.
Take these tips and apply what works for you!